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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Jewish Festivals I (Jewish Law 220)

Length: 

Versions 1 and 2: Varies; self-study format. 

Location: 
Various; distance learning format.
Dates: 

Version 1: December 2011 - June 2022. Version 2: July 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify and explain Biblical and Rabbinic laws and customs pertaining to the Jewish Festivals; distinguish between Festival law and Sabbath law; and apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional outcomes: identify the evolution of Yom Tov customs from 1,000 BCE to the current times; display an understanding of lunar calendar anomalies which affect the Yom Tov schedules; identify customs and rituals unique to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur services; display competence in the practical application of Yom Tov Law.

Instruction: 

Versions 1: The Jewish Festivals I (Jewish Law 230) includes an extensive study-guide and required reading with a final exam administered through The Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics include: cooking, ochel nefesh, mitoch, hoil, preparing for the following day, major forms of melacha, muktza, using appliances, treating illness, erev Yom Tov, candle lighting, meals, kiddush, havdalah, and eruvin. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional topics and reading materials presenting multiple points of view and perspectives; study materials including pictorial and media have been added. The course delivery options include traditional/online presentation or self study/final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religion, Near Eastern Studies, or Judaic Studies (3/12) (3/17 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Religion, Near Eastern Studies, or Judaic Studies (7/22 revalidation). 

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